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Democrats Launch "Truth Team"; GOP Calls Them Copycats

Just like Democrats all over the country, Texas lawmakers in the president's party are coming to his defense with a new "Truth Team." Texas Republicans say they've already been there and done that.

Democratic Party Chair Boyd Richie at the 2010 Texas Democratic convention in Corpus Christi, Tex. on June 26.

Texas Democrats said Wednesday that they aren't just going to lie down and take Republicans' criticism of President Obama. They have created a "Texas Truth Team" to set the record straight, they said. It's one of 50 such teams around the country.

“We’re making sure that while the Republican attack machine is operating on full throttle that we not allow the lies and distortions and mischaracterizations to go unchallenged,” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said at a press conference. 

The Texas Truth Team includes state Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, state Sen. José Rodríguez and 17 state representatives. They said they are optimistic that Democrats have a chance this year to finally win statewide races.

"I think people are simply fed up," Richie said.

The Republican Party of Texas called the Democrats copycats. In 2010, Republicans launched a "Texas Truth Tour" with Chairman Steve Munisteri.

“Once again, imitation is the highest form of flattery,” Texas GOP spokesman Chris Elam said in an email. 

Elam said the Republican Party looks forward to the opportunity “to stand up Texas Republican successes and leadership against the record of failed promises and aimless direction that President Obama's has handed down to Texans."

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